By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for one hour Thursday toured Wells Manufacturing Corporation in Centerville before leaving for a visit in Eddyville.
Gov. Branstad was instrumental in convincing Wells Manufacturing to locate to Iowa in 1985 during his term as governor then.
“So I’m pleased to see their stability and the growth they have had and the employees they have here in Centerville,” Gov. Branstad said. “It’s great to see the success the company is having. So to come back and see the facility is great.”
Gov. Branstad said he was especially impressed with the number of parts they have. He pointed out they can make and ship parts for old and out-of-production automobiles.
“So it’s a great service for parts you might not be able to get for older vehicles,” Gov. Branstad said.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wells could have went anywhere but are going strong still in Centerville.
“They are happy with the work force and the stability that Centerville has been able to offer the company,” Lt. Gov. Reynolds said, noting they employ 190 in Centerville.
Tod Faris, Appanoose Economic Development Corporation executive director, suggested the governor tour Wells.
“My goal was for him to come and see something that he had a hand in bringing here back in the 80s and to see how it has progressed and to see where it is at now,” Faris said.
Wells is headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis. The Centerville facility is a distribution center for the parts they manufacture to support the automotive industry in ignitions, fuel systems, emissions, switches, sensors, starting and charging, relays and vehicle electronics. Their Reynosa, Mexico manufacturing facility produces sensors, coils, solenoids, switches, ballast resistors, distributor caps and rotors, ignition wires, contacts and condensers.